Mark Wills, a multi-platinum country music artist known for hits such as, “Don’t Laugh at Me,” “Wish You Were Here,” and “I Do (Cherish You),” will be in concert at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20 each.
Wills was born in Cleveland, Tenn. He grew up in Blue Ridge, Ga., and spent his teenage years playing rock music in garage bands. He quickly discovered his love for country music and at 17, he won a talent show in Marietta, Ga. He then began to perform locally and soon after, moved to Nashville, Tenn., where he quickly landed a record deal.
In 1996, Wills released his self-titled debut album. In 1999, his sophomore album, “Wish You Were Here” was certified platinum. It produced several chart toppers including, “Don’t Laugh at Me,” Wills’s first number one hit. That same year, Wills received an Academy of Country Music award for Top New Male Vocalist. In 2000, Wills’s third album, “Permanently,” was certified gold. In 2002, Wills released his biggest chart hit, “19 Somethin,” which held the number one spot for six weeks and was Billboard’s Top Country Hit of the Year. It was also named the second mostplayed song of the decade.